70,000 rubber ducks in sunglasses dropped into Chicago River in annual fundraising event

A FLEET of yellow rubber ducks sporting sunglasses were released into the Chicago River on Thursday in an annual fundraising event.

A staggering 70,000 were dumped into the water as spetators cheered them on in a bid to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

The moment 70,000 rubber ducks were released into the Chicago River yesterday

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The moment 70,000 rubber ducks were released into the Chicago River yesterdayCredit: Getty
All 70,000 of the rubber ducks sported sunglasses on the sunny Thursday in Chicago

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All 70,000 of the rubber ducks sported sunglasses on the sunny Thursday in ChicagoCredit: AFP

After being released, the ducks raced to a finishline halfway to the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

Spectators could ‘adopt’ a duck for $5 to enter the race, with the fundraiser bringing in more than $310,000 (£223,452).

The first place ducky won a 2021 Chevy Trailblazer.

Second and third place duckies won an all-inclusive trip to Mexico and $2,000, respectively.

Chicago Park District and Coast Guard scopping the ducks out of the water after the race

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Chicago Park District and Coast Guard scopping the ducks out of the water after the raceCredit: Rex
The clean-up after the rubber duck derby is a mammoth task

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The clean-up after the rubber duck derby is a mammoth taskCredit: Alamy

Following the event, The Chicago Park District and Coast Guard were tasked with the mammoth feat of scooping the ducks out of the water ready to go again next year.

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